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Metro project gains pace
Ludhiana, August 12
The Ludhiana Metro Rail project will have a total of 27 stations, which would include 11 underground ones and 16 on elevated platforms. The proposed minimum fare is Rs 8 per person while the maximum is Rs 30 per person.

Residents of old city areas have land-acquisition jitters
Ludhiana, August 12
Ever since the survey relating to the Ludhiana Metro Rail project started in the city, the residents of the areas where land is to be acquired have been feeling panicky. The residents, mostly from the old city areas, are worried that the land on which their houses and shops are situated might be acquired, leaving them homeless.


Income tax: Freebies prove bitter pill for docs
Ludhiana, August 12
Doctors should get ready to pay tax on freebies such as free samples of medicines, gifts or foreign trips provided by pharmaceutical or health-care companies, as their worth will be calculated as taxable income.

1 more diagnosed with dengue
Ludhiana, August 12
One more suspected patient of dengue, who is under treatment at Dayanand Medical College and Hospital, has been diagnosed with dengue. District Epidemiologist Puneet Juneja said, "The patient, Bahadur Singh, is 25 years old and belongs to Jalandhar. He was confirmed dengue positive today. However, no fresh case of dengue was confirmed today."

Policy revision caught in political crossfire
Ludhiana, August 12
Had it not been for hectic lobbying by senior functionaries of the ruling coalition and certain leaders of the main Opposition parties in the state, the proposed revised policy on compounding of unauthorised colonies across Punjab would have been announced by now. Even though the key features of the policy have not been made known to the stake holders, the indications given to real estate developers point towards some of their major demands having been conceded.


CCTV cameras installed at Pau
Ludhiana, August 12
Finally, Punjab Agricultural University authorities have implemented the long awaited project to install CCTV cameras at strategic points for electronic surveillance in the campus. In its first phase, the university has installed CCTV Cameras on entry gates No 2 and 4 at for keeping an eye on the outsiders.

TET-pass unemployed teachers stage protest
Ludhiana, August 12
The employees burn an effigy of the Punjab government at the Bharat Nagar Chowk in Ludhiana. photo: inderjeet verma Teachers Eligibility Test (TET) Pass Unemployed Teachers Union Unit, Ludhiana, burnt an effigy of the Punjab government and organised a protest march from Chatar Singh Park to Bharat Nagar Chowk.

The employees burn an effigy of the Punjab government at the Bharat Nagar Chowk in Ludhiana. photo: Inderjeet Verma

Youth protest against proposal to increase retirement age
Jagraon, August 12
Unemployed educated youths of Jagraon and surrounding villages staged a protest at the Lala Lajpat Rai Park, Jagraon, today against the state government's proposal to increase the retirement age of government employees.

Bias against left-handers unscientific, say experts
Ludhiana, August 12
As the world celebrates International Left-handers’ Day, there remains a strong bias against the use of left hand among people in India. Despite the fact that the world is getting more friendly towards left handers, parents here discourage their children from turning left-handed.

Sugar, milk prices head north
Ludhiana, August 12
Sipping your favourite cup of tea is becoming dearer by the day, with milk and sugar prices going up. Tea is a staple drink in every Punjabi household and with the hike in prices of sugar and milk, it is becoming a costly affair to have tea these days.

Rush to feed data cripples education dept website
Ludhiana, August 12
Uploading data about schools on the state education department’s under-construction website has become a major headache for school teachers. The data was to be uploaded by Aug 5, but due to the technical snag, schools could not upload the data. According to teachers the server was down.

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Prices of tomatoes go down
Ludhiana, August 12
Much to the relief of common man, prices of tomatoes came down as supply from the south began, while the prices of other vegetables and fruits remained almost stagnant and no increase was witnessed. Tomatoes, the price of which rose to Rs 100 per kg, are now available for Rs 40 per kg. Though the price is still higher than the normal days, people felt a sigh of relief from shelling Rs 100 for a kg.

Truck stuck as road caves in
Ludhiana, August 12
A truck carrying goods got stuck due to a cave in on the 33-feet road near Mundian this afternoon. It is learnt that this is the third road cave-in incident on the same road ever since the monsoon has started.

111 donate blood
Ludhiana, August 12
The Independence Day was celebrated by organising a voluntary blood donation camp jointly by Parbhat Welfare Society and a team of Zindagi Live Foundation at the Gurdwara Guru Nanak Mission, Dholewal, Ludhiana.

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8 injured in armed clash in city
Ludhiana, August 12
Eight persons were injured in two incidents that took place in different parts of the city late this evening.

Man kills himself over family dispute
Ludhiana, August 12
A 32-year-old man allegedly committed suicide following a heated argument at CRP Colony in Dugri here today.

Fruit vendor held with habit-forming drugs
Jagraon, August 12
The Jagraon police arrested a drug peddler and seized a huge quantity of habit forming drugs from his possession yesterday evening. The accused has been identified as Ram Lal, a resident of Raikot Road, Jagraon. The police has registered a case against the accused under various sections of the NDPS Act at the Jagraon city police station and started the investigation.

The suspects in police custody in Ludhiana on Sunday. Photo: Inderjeet Verma Swindler, accomplice land in police net
Ludhiana, August 12
The city police nabbed a notorious swindler, Shiv Kumar, alias Shibbu. The accused used to dupe women on the pretext that their husbands had met with an accident. He then ferried them on a motorcycle to a secluded place and left them there.

The suspects in police custody in Ludhiana on Sunday. Photo: Inderjeet Verma

3 held, 50 boxes of liquor seized
Ludhiana, August 12
The anti-illicit liquor peddling staff of the city police nabbed three persons and seized 50 boxes of illicit liquor from their possession.

Faridkot players steal the show
Ludhiana, August 12
It were boys and girls of Faridkot who stole the show today with emphatic victories against their respective opponents in the ongoing third edition of the Mahindra NBA Challenge Basketball League being organised by the Punjab Basketball Association with the help of Punjab sports department at the Guru Nanak Stadium.




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